I will be hosting an open studio event again this year in conjunction with Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios (my listing number is 315). I would love it if you stopped by! I’m trying out a couple of different things this year. The main thing to note is that I am hosting visitors by appointment only. Less spontaneous perhaps, but my hope is that it actually helps to keep meetings more casual and personal, and avoid some of the awkward bustle of big art events. So, please get in touch to schedule a visit if you would like to come by. Light snacks and beverages will be on hand. Here is the information:
What: East Bay Open Studios
Where: At my home studio near Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. Accessible via Lake Merritt BART Station. Please call/email for specific directions.
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-501-6642. In your message, please indicate your desired day and time and I will reply with confirmation.
Thanks and hope to see you in June!
This is my most recent selection of work. The paintings and studies here are the start of a completely new series, which I have still only vaguely defined for myself. I will continue to add work as it is completed, as well as my thoughts and other relevant information as things take form.
This selection of pages is from a project entitled Winter Studies: Some Self-Portraits, which was completed in January 2013.
I constructed and hand-stitched a small, leather-bound sketchbook during the winter of 2012. Over a month or so I cataloged my “likeness” in a series of self-portraits (to varying degrees of radical interpretation). The book is a short record of daily habitual occurrences that, over time, may construct one’s self-image—at least in part. It acknowledges the occupation of winter and it’s seasonal affect on behavior and the overall tone of daily life.
The sketchbook will join a nation-wide tour in 2013 before returning to its permanent home at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. The book’s library call number is 194.83-2.
I occasionally have friends over to my studio to sit for a portrait. It’s a nice way to catch up and get in a bit of painting mileage at the same time. I like to use the opportunity to try out some new things with my palette (everyone’s skin is so different) and paint-handling techniques. Sometimes the results are better than others. I consider these all to be basically unfinished. Sittings are 1-2 hours in length.
During the summer of 2012 I participated in East Bay Open Studios. I gave my studio a deep cleaning and hung quite a bit of new work. Before dismantling everything and making a mess again, I decided to document things. The space was a part of Swarm Studios in Jack London Square. It was a great spot, but I have since moved my studio, so I am happy to have these as a small reminder of my time there.